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Honoring endangered species, part 3

Honoring endangered species, part 3

Marty’s photo of the day #2404. This week marks the 44th Anniversary of the signing of the Endangered Species Act. Since today’s Republicans would rather worship money than do something for the greater good, it’s possible that this might be the last anniversary of the ESA. With that in mind, this week I’m featuring photos […]

Flying Fox

Flying Fox

Marty’s photo of the day #2344: This is a spectacled flying fox. She and hundreds of her friends were feeding in the trees surrounding a cabin we rented in Queensland, Australia.

Yard Kangaroo

Yard Kangaroo

Marty’s photo of the day #2339: Some people get squirrels in their yards; others get kangaroos.   (Photographed in Australia. As if I needed to tell you that.)

Republicans: What will it take?

Republicans: What will it take?

Gun deaths, police violence, and global warming are epidemics, solvable with commitment, ingenuity, and cooperation. Unfortunately, as long as Republicans stand in the way, solutions to those problems will remain out of America’s grasp. With that in mind, I’d like to ask Republicans, “What will it take?” From 2000 to 2015, the equivalent to one-half […]

Agile wallabies love popcorn!

Agile wallabies love popcorn!

Marty’s photo of the day #2210: When Deb and I are at home, our dogs love popcorn night. When Deb and I are in Australia, the agile wallabies love popcorn night too.

The Punk Rocker of the Rainforest

The Punk Rocker of the Rainforest

Marty’s photo of the day #2077: When I’m performing my college show, I always introduce the Boyd’s forest dragon as “the punk rocker of the rainforest.” Photographed in Australia, and featured in my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet.”

Spectacled flying fox

Spectacled flying fox

Marty’s photo of the day #2055: Here’s a spectacled flying fox, photographed in Queensland, Australia. These beautiful fruit bats have a wingspan of three feet.

Are you on the correct side of the road?

Are you on the correct side of the road?

Marty’s photo of the day #2054: This is a typical rural road in Queensland, Australia. Note that the pavement (Aussies call it bitumen) is only wide enough for one car. So what happens is that everyone drives down the middle, no matter which way they are going. When two cars meet, they pull to their […]

Burton’s legless lizard

Burton’s legless lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #2144: Here’s a Burton’s legless lizard that I photographed in Queensland, Australia. Why isn’t this a snake? It has external ear-openings, little skin flaps near its cloaca—where it used to have legs before it evolved—and if you grabbed its tail, the tail would fall off.

Annie the Black Flying Fox

Annie the Black Flying Fox

Marty’s photo of the day #2092: Here’s a photo I took at a flying fox research facility in Australia. This is Annie, a black flying fox, hanging off of Deb’s back. Annie is full-grown and healthy, but because she was initially someone’s pet, she never learned to fly. Annie is now a “bat ambassador,” and […]

Donald’s Urinal

Donald’s Urinal

Marty’s photo of the day #1933: I photographed this urinal many years ago, in the Australian Outback. If you look closely, you’ll see that no pipe is attached underneath. Consequently, any liquid going in pours right onto the floor. This morning it hit me what a perfect metaphor this is for Trump voters. They’ll stand […]

How many must die in a mass shooting before Americans act?

How many must die in a mass shooting before Americans act?

In 1996, when a gunman killed 35 people and wounded 23 more (the Port Arthur Massacre), Australians got pissed and said enough is enough. The Australian government then enacted tough gun laws and instituted a gun buyback program. It worked, as Australia has not experienced a mass shooting since. And overall, Aussies continue to be […]

White-lipped tree frog

White-lipped tree frog

Marty’s photo of the day #1814: White-lipped tree frog, Queensland, Australia.

Waking from a wallaroo nap

Waking from a wallaroo nap

Marty’s photo of the day #1811: It’s 3:40 p.m. Time for Bonnie to wake up from her nap, in my arms, and play wallaroo games! (Photographed in Australia. Bonnie is a baby silver wallaroo.)

Herbie the Agile Wallaby

Herbie the Agile Wallaby

Marty’s photo of the day #1775: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.   Deb is holding Herbie, an eleven month old agile wallaby (Queensland, Australia). In a few months, Herbie would be ready to be released back into the wild.

If this were the Crocodile Hunter . . . .

If this were the Crocodile Hunter . . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #1767: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today’s photo is from Queensland, Australia, and the below excerpt from my book tells the story of the shot: Eventually Chris uttered the words I didn’t want to […]

Australia has dragons!

Australia has dragons!

Marty’s photo of the day #1757: It’s “CC, HP: ESC Month,” featuring photos and excerpts from my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Today’s photo is from Australia, and the below excerpt from my book tells the story of the shot: I had paid for a two-and-a-half-hour night walk, but neither […]

Eastern Gray Kangaroo

Eastern Gray Kangaroo

Marty’s photo of the day #1729: It’s Australia Week. I’m finding it harder and harder to come up with photos from Australia that I haven’t posted before, but I think I found some good ones for this week. I didn’t see as many kangaroos as I expected, as I was in the wrong part of […]

Frog the frogmouth bird

Frog the frogmouth bird

Marty’s photo of the day #1728: It’s Australia Week. I’m finding it harder and harder to come up with photos from Australia that I haven’t posted before, but I think I found some good ones for this week. This is one of my favorite photos of Frog, the frogmouth bird. The following is a funny […]

Teeny tiny frog

Teeny tiny frog

Marty’s photo of the day #1727: It’s Australia Week. I’m finding it harder and harder to come up with photos from Australia that I haven’t posted before, but I think I found some good ones for this week. It’s a great big world out there when you are a teeny tiny frog!

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